SIGNAL Note 25

25 Years of formal relations between Israel & China

Shared history and mutually vested economic interests facilitate the creation of deep bilateral ties. In the case of the Sino-Israeli dynamic, the past 25 years of formal diplomatic ties have seen the realization of both cultural and economic exchange expand exponentially. To highlight just how far and expansive cooperation between Beijing and Jerusalem have come in our brief official relationship, this SIGNAL Note will look back on 25 years of diplomatic relations, and the potential impact Sino-Israeli collaboration could have on the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI).

Reflecting the nature of the Sino-Israeli exchange, a notable development has been the important technological advancements and investments from Israeli startups into the Chinese market. Another reflection of advancing relations between the Jewish State and the Middle Kingdom are academic cooperation, high level diplomatic interactions and the economic & technological complementarity of the Israeli and Chinese systems. In line with the core aims of the SIGNAL Note series, we will expound upon the strategic role Israeli experts and exports could play in the implementation of the BRI and Chinese domestic goals as outlined in the 13th 5-year plan.

In essences this SIGNAL Note 25 aims to commemorate 25 years of formal diplomatic ties between the Israel and China and reflect upon the impact these ties could have on the advancement of China’s broader international policy projections and investments.

SIGNAL Celebrates 25 Years of China-Israel Diplomatic Relationships

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of China-Israel diplomatic ties, SIGNAL is launching a year of activities, events and programs. Building on our commitment to further academic ties and policy exchange, we will hold a series of seminars, conferences and release publications aimed at cultivating mutual understanding and cooperation among China and Israel.

In the present article, SIGNAL Fellow and Hebrew University Professor, Meron Medzini, presents an overview of the development of Sino-Israel relations. Despite the many challenges that have arisen and the differences between the countries, since Israel first successfully reached out diplomatically to the East Asian nation, China has shown an abiding interest in Israel, its people and economy. This has led to a flourishing relationship with intensifying levels of trade and investment, which has reached new heights with China’s Belt & Road Initiative for which Israel holds a position of strategic importance.

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